Baseball Game Recaps

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Baseball Game Recaps

NMSU Baseball Loses First WAC Game, Falls To Sacramento State In Extra Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Despite a nine-inning performance from Marcel Renteria, the New Mexico State baseball drop a thrilling 2-1 decision to Sacramento State Friday night in 12 innings.

How It Happened
After Renteria retired the first nine batters to start the game, Mason Fishback drew first blood for the Aggies when he hit a sac-fly to right field and gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The Hornets answered right back in their half of the frame when Sacramento State scored on a sac-fly of its own.

From there, it was a pitcher's duel between Renteria and Sacramento State's starting pitcher and pitching staff through nine innings of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Remains Perfect In WAC Play After 8-4 Win At Sacramento State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team began a three-game road series at Sacramento State on Thursday night. The Aggies tied a season-high with five home runs on the night and maintained their unblemished Western Athletic Conference record after an 8-4 win over the Hornets.

How it happened
NM State (22-13, 7-0 WAC) sent Kyle Bradish to the mound to start against Sacramento State (16-17, 3-7 WAC) right-hander Justin Dillon. The Hornets put up the first runs of the game early after a two-out triple scored two in the bottom of the first.

The Aggies responded in the top of the second when LJ Hatch blasted a two-run home run to left center on a 0-1 count which tied the game up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Sweeps UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team completed a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies scored in six innings and won by run rule, 15-5, in the bottom of the seventh. The victory moves NM State to 6-0 in WAC play, which is the best start in conference action in program history.

How it happened
NM State’s Sunday starter Jonathan Groff took the mound for the Aggies (20-13, 6-0) to square off against UTRGV (18-18, 2-7) hurler Andrew Garcia. The early innings did not lack scoring, beginning with the opponent putting three runs up on the board in the opening half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two Of Series With UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team played host to the UTRGV Vaqueros for the second game of a three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies got a large lead early and escaped a tough situation in the ninth to defeat the Vaqueros 7-4.

How it happened
NM State (18-13, 5-0 WAC) right-hander Marcel Renteria got the start against the Vaqueros (18-17, 2-5 WAC) Connor Grant. The opening two and a half innings saw each hurler contain the opposing offense as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third.

With two outs and a runner on second base, Austin Botello put the Aggies first run up on the board with a single to right field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Series Opener With UTRGV 10-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team hosted Western Athletic Conference opponent UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday night, to begin a three-game weekend series. After falling behind early, the Aggies took control in the later innings and took down the Vaqueros 10-2.

How it happened
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish got the start for the Aggies (18-13, 4-0 WAC) on Friday night and he squared off against UTRGV’s righty, Carter Johnson. Bradish was a bit wild early as he loaded the bases after allowing a single and walking two batters. The first run of the game was then walked in with only one out in the game. The sophomore hurler calmed down and escaped the inning with the team only trailing 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Falls To No. 6 Texas Tech 15-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies baseball team played host to the No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday afternoon at Presley Askew Field. After falling behind early, the team could not dig themselves out of the hole against the nationally ranked opponent and fell 15-4.

How it happened
Aggie right-hander Chris Kucko got the midweek start versus the Red Raiders Caleb Kilian. The opponent’s bats came to life early scoring six runs in the top half of the first.

Looking to respond in the bottom of the opening inning, Joey Ortiz got across the plate for the Aggies first run of the game on a triple to left field by Dan Hetzel.

Texas Tech added two more in the third, but the Aggies were able to get one back in their half of the inning after a single through the left side by Tristen Carranza scored Austin Botello.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Finishes Sweep Of Seattle With 6-4 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team wrapped up the season series at Seattle U on Sunday afternoon in Bannerwood Park. The Aggies swept the series against the Redhawks with a 6-4 win to close out the weekend.

How it happened
In game three of the series, left-handed pitcher Jonathan Groff got the start against the Redhawk southpaw Nathan Bonck. The Aggie bats got working early as Dan Hetzel lined a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the team a 2-0 lead in the first.

After L.J. Hatch was hit by a pitch in the second, Mason Fishback came up to bat and mashed a two-run bomb to add a pair of runs to the Aggies score as they led 4-0 through two frames. The opponent then closed the gap with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom of the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Takes Game Two At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team (16-12, 2-0) squared off for game two of a three-game weekend series against Western Athletic Conference foe Seattle U (8-17, 1-4) on Saturday afternoon. The clash at Bannerwood Park saw NM State take their first road series win of the season with a game two victory, 8-5, highlighted by great hitting early on.

How it happened
The weekend contest opened with Aggie right-hander Marcel Renteria on the mound versus Redhawk hurler Janson Junk. A quiet first inning for both sides kept the game knotted at zero to open up.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Wins Series Opener At Seattle 6-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State baseball team traveled to Seattle U to open WAC play with a three-game series. The first game of the weekend came on Friday evening at Bannerwood Park in which the Aggies took down the Redhakws 6-2.

How it happened
A pitching duel between right-handed starter Kyle Bradish and Seattle U’s lefty Jake Prizina opened up the night. After a quiet first for the Aggie bats, Bradish came out and walked the first two batters forcing pitching coach Joel Mangrum to make an early mound visit. The trip worked because Bradish struck out two of the next three batters, which ended the opening inning with runners on the corners.

Through the next inning and a half, the hurlers went through nine straight batters without a problem. In the bottom of the third, the first pitch of the inning saw the Redhawks number nine hitter take Bradish deep to put the opponent up 1-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Blasts Yale 18-5, Takes Series 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Thanks to a combined 19 hits by Aggie batters on Sunday, the New Mexico State baseball team powered past Yale 18-5 at Presley Askew Field to take the series 3-1.

The win also gave NM State its second-straight series victory. The last NM State won back-to-back series was in 2014 when it took 3-of-4 from Saint Mary’s and SIUE to start the season.

How It Happened

The visiting Bulldogs (1-3) drew first blood on the day, getting back-to-back knocks to left before scoring one on a wild pitch from NM State starter Marcel Renteria (2-0, 3.14 ERA).

However, the Aggies (9-5) came out swinging in their half of the first inning and pounded Yale for 10 runs and nearly batted around the order twice.

It would be nearly 40 minutes later before Renteria returned to the hill to pitch the second inning – which didn’t last long thanks to a 4-6-3 double-play.  Continue Reading This Post >>